All it takes is a warm turn in the weather, and they come out in force...
You've seen them...the weekend warriors who throng to Lowes or Home Depot or the gardening section of their big box discount store.
They ask me at every turn, "Is it spring yet?" "Can I plant now?" "Is the cold weather really gone?"
It doesn't make any difference how old they are, or how many seasons they've seen come and go. The questions remain.
And no matter how many people I warn NOT to plant until their home and garden expert at the local nursery gives the go ahead... some still plunge ahead.
They don't seem to remember that March still features snows and ice and cold, and that it's usually late April before we can get away from the freeze.
There's a great table in the Old Farmer's Almanac, that lists the average date of the last freeze by region or by city. For Parkersburg, it's April 25th. The date of the last record hard freeze is a month later, on May 25th.
A casual inspection of this chart would clearly warn flower planters that we're at least 45 days away from having a reasonable chance at starting the growing season.
But that doesn't stop Mother Nature. This weekend, she sprouted a lot of lilies and black eyed Susan's behind my house... certain to be killed off in the weeks to come.
Perhaps that explains why so many people are misled. They see the evidence of Mother Nature trying to restart again, and they assume that nature wouldn't make a mistake.
Maybe that's why she's called MOTHER Nature and Old Man Winter... they never seem to agree.